A Spanish archipelago with a flavor all their own, the Canary Islands are closer to Africa than Europe. Yet with status as a major destination for British travelers, the Canary Islands provide enough fun-in-the-sun activities, as well as stunning mountains and deserts, to make this a popular stop for Transatlantic and Western Europe cruises.
With year-round sunshine, spectacular scenery and stunning beaches, it’s not hard to see the appeal of the Canary Islands. Located on Europe’s westernmost edge, it’s far enough away to soak up some vitamin D, but close enough for a 7 to 14-night cruise. Thanks to its popularity with Brits, most of the major cruise lines sail here, either solely touring the islands, or passing through as part of a transatlantic trip. Many ships also dock at ports in Portugal and Spain en route, so you can get a taste of life in the Mediterranean. Whichever itinerary you choose, your cruise line is sure to have a roster of fascinating shore excursions on offer, from exploring stunning landscapes and cities, to experiencing local food and wine. To help you select the right cruise, we’ve compiled a list of our top 8 ships for seeing the Canary Islands in style.